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Tobata Gion Yamagasa (戸畑祇園山笠)

 

Tobata Gion Oo-Yamagasais one of the most exciting summer festivals in Kitakyushu.featival

The Festival is registered on UNESCO Intangible Heritage List in 2016.

The festival has a lot of energy and is very dynamic as is the case with festivals such as the

Hakata Gion Yamagasa,with young men wearing the happi (festival costume) and hachimaki 

(head band), carrying the Yamagasa (festival float) and walking around the town shouting
 “yoitosa yoitosa”. 

 

What is remarkable is the way the character of the Yamagasa changes from daytime,with the

Nobori Yamagasa (festival floats with flags); to nighttime,with the Chochin Yamagasa

( festival floats with lanterns).

The highlight is the Chochin Yamagasa Contest held in Tobata Ward Office on Saturday night. 
The Nobori Yamagasa used during the daytime is dismantled,and the 10 metre-high Chochin
Yamagasa,with its 309 lanterns arranged in 12 tiers,is assembled and carried along in a race
by dozens of young people crying  “yoitosa yoitosa”.
 
Event Schedule in 2018
・June 277 (Fri.)
 Shinto ceremonies at each of the following:Tobihata Hachimangu Shrine, 
 Sugawara Shrine and Nakabaru Hachimangu Shrine.
・June 28 (Sat.)
 Yamagasa Contest in the evening in front of Tobata Ward Office
・June 29 (Sun.)
 Yamagasa parade in each town

 

Kitakyushu-city

 
Kitakyushu is the Industrial Innovation city with many fascinating features.  

 

The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature. 

Kitakyushu offers amazing possibilities for tourism and travel with a combination of spectacular

scenery, rich cultural experiences as well as learning possibilities through Study tours based on

the environmental and industrial themes.

 


 

Kokura

Kokura Castle  Kokura Castle Garden River Walk Kitakyushu 

 

Tanga market  Uomachi & Kyumachi Gintengai Light up of Steel Works

 

Moji-Area

Mojiko Retro

Kanmonkyo bridge 

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel


 

 

    Japanese Cultural experience 
Wakamatsu-kita Coast Kanmon Strait at Kokura Castle

 

Kawachi Wisteria Garden


 

                                                       Location of Kitakyushu-city

 

 

Access to Kitakyushu

 80 minutes by a vehicle using High Way from Fukuoka Air Port

 40 minutes by JR Express train from Hakata Station

 19 minutes by JR Shinkansen (bullet train ) from Hakata Station  

 


 

Featured tours in Kitakyushu-city

Mount Sarakura

 

The World’s most Dynamic Night view !

Mount Sarakura is the best scenic spot in Kitakyushu-city

 

At the summit, 622 meter from the sea level, you are presented with a magnificent and spectacular view

of all over Kitakyushu-city.

Almost all the industrial, comercial and residential areas in Kitakyushu-city can be seen from the top

of the mountain.


 

This is the most Dynamic Night view in the World.

The dynamic city where one million people are living and working, is creating the beautiful Night view

which you have never seen before.

 

The area of Night view is the largest in the World ; about 40km east to west and 10km south to north 

And also the number of lighting to create the night view is the largest in the World. 

 


 

Day time view from the top

We offer you the magnificent and spectacular view

 Munakata, Asiya and Yahata  Yahata and Wakamatsu  Tobata, Kokura and Moji
     

 

From the Cable car From the Cable car  Kokura 
     

 

Higashida Wakato Bridge Kanmonkyo Bridge

 

Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal / Yawata Works

 Yahata area

 Tobata area

 Kokura area


 

Access to the summit

Easy access to the summit by using the Cable Car and Slope Car

 Cable car station

 Cable car

 Slope car

Cable car

The longest cable car in Kyushu, the total length is 1,100 metre from the Moutain-foot Station to the Summit Station, connecting the elevation difference 440 metre in 5 minutes

Slope Car
The self-drived monorail, the inclination angle of the rail changes while running, but the floor is always kept horizontally by the hydraulic control system. connecting the the total length of 159 metre rail in 3 minutes 

from the Cable Car Top Station to the Summit.

 

Trekking

You can also enjoy a Trekking instead of using Cable car and Slope car.

It takes about one and half hours on foot to top of the mountain from the Cable Car Station. 

 

Mojiko Retro

 

The exotic district of Mojiko-Retro is visited by more than 2 million tourists a year.

 

Moji-ko Port flourished following its 1889 designation as a Special National Port for 
exporting coal and other products. Close to China, it served as a trading port making an
important contribution to modernization of Japan.
 

 Time have changed but architectural remainder like the former Moji Customs

Building from 1912, the wooden Mojiko Station Building from 1914, and the former Osaka Mitshi

O.S.L Line building from 1917 in Moji-ko Port Retro area remain as symbols and attractions.

 


 

Where to explore

 

Kanmonkyo bridge 

The suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water separating two of Japan’s

four main islands.  On the Honshu Island side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu Island

side is Kutakyushu

    View from Mekari Observatory

  Kitakyushu, Kyushu Island 

       Semonoseki, Honshu Island


 

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot.
The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway

with as many as 700 small and large ships a day passing through it. 


 

Mitsui Club

It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation

for VIP’s.   Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists,

stayed here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.


 

Blue Wing Moji

This bridge, made in 2003, is the only pedestrian draw bridge in Japan, and is one the

most popular photo spot in Mojiko Retro. The length of the bridge is 108 meters and 

it is opened 6 times a day at 10h, 11h, 13h, 14h, 15h and 16h.​


 

Kyushu Railway Museum

It is a railway theme park organized by JR Kyushu, showing the history of Kyushu Railways.

The display of steam locomotives and old trains used by Kyushu Railway is fascinating and 

always evokes feelings of nostalgia among visitors.


 

Kaikyo Plaza

The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea. “Full of a romance market

which stir up forgetting contentment” is the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is

based on. The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of nostalgia and

contentment that will never be forgotten. 


 

Off the beaten path

Mojiko Station
JR Kyushu started
here in 1891.
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Kaikyo Dramaship 
A dramatic introduction 
to the history of the 
straits  more
Idemitsu Museum
The Art Museum 
exhibits the Idemitsu 
collection. more

 

Kokura Castle

 

Kokura Castle is one of the Must visit destination in Kiyakyushulocated within a walking

distance of JR Kokura Stations.

Hosokawa Tadaoki commenced the construction of Kokura Castle in 1602 and spent 7 years to
completed it. The castle had a fivefold and six layered donjon and it was built in the architectural 
style called “Kara-zukuri”.
Then, it served as a residence of the Ogasawara clan. 
In 1866, it was burnt down by the Choshu
War, and the existing castle was reconstructed in 1959.

 


 

Castle tower​​

   

 

Moat arounf Castle Tower

 

 

In the Castle tower

At present, the castle tower is used as a historical museum in which you can

get a true feel for Kokura as it was centuries ago by viewing displays of historical exhibits

 

 

   
     

 

Around Castle tower


 

Featured places around Kokura Castle

Kokura Castle Garden River Walk Kitakyushu Yasaka Shrine

 


 

Kokura Castle Garden

 

Kokua Castle Garden made at the former site of Shitayashiki (lord’s guest house) located

next to Kokura Castle.

 

This garden consists of a Japanese garden and a daimyo yashiki  (a lord’s house), a building

of the Shoin-zukuri type (a style of Japanese domestic architecture).

 

In this garden, not only can you see Japanese traditional architecture, but also enjoy the Tea

Ceremony at the Experience Zone.

 


 


 

Japanese Garden


 

Japanese Cultural Experience 

Time to enjoy dressing in Kimono, tea ceremony experience, and Rickshaw riding experience 

Kokura Castle Garden and Kokura Castle. You can also take beautiful photographs in this location

to provide you with wonderful memories and recollection of your visit to Kokura.

 

Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves

 

Hiraodai is one of the three largest karst plateau in Japan along with the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau and

the Shikoku Karst.  It is located in southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city. 

At altitudes between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south

and 2 km from east to west.  

     

 

Yougunbaru, which was so names because of the limestone which stands in row like a flock of sheep

in a vast meadow, dolines (conical hollows) and limestone caves create distinctive scenery.

The Plateau offers a different views in each of the four seasons, resembling a burnt field in the spring, 
appearing fresh and green in the early summer, and similar to a dry plain in the fall. 

 

Hiraodai Karst Plateau Trekking


 

Limestone Caves

There are three limestone Caves in Hiraodai Karst and each cave has different unique features. 

 

Senbutsu limestone cave

Literally means 1,000 Buddha Cave, is the largest of the caves in Hiraodai Last Plateau,

extending about 900 m while meandering toward the northeast. The shape of the cave is narrow,

narrow ceiling ravine with a maximum width of 10 m and a maximum ceiling height of 15 m.

Approximately 30 large and small stalactites hang down at the entrance, giving a spectacular scenery. Abundant groundwater still continues to erode in the cave.

 

 

Mejiro limestone Cave

It is the longest cave in Hiraodai Karst, over 2 km in length.

The highlight of this cave is the monolithic ceiling which is a very unique structure as a limestone caves.

     

 

Ojika limestone cave

The cave is called footfall of dinosaurs.  It is the very rare cave in Japan; the entrance is vertical

pit with 25 meter, when getting down to the bottom, you follow the underground horizontal cave

and you can see the hidden aspects of Hiraodai Karst.


 

Hiraodai Countryside Park

The most distinguished Japanese Karstic Hiraodai Park.  There is 22ha of lawn square with

observation platform, and a wild grass garden. There is also a plateau fruit tree garden. 

Moreover, the visitor can enjoy the experience of doing activities such as making buckwheat

noodle (soba), ceramics, art flower, and woodwork.

 

 

Hirotani Wetland

It is the only wetland in Fukuoka Prefecture, located 600 meters west from Seiryu Cave and

2,500 m east from Hiraodai Nature Observation Center. The wetland is an important part of 

Hiraodai Karst landform, offering a variety of wetland plant life such as the Sagiso (rein orchis),

Tokiso (pogonia), and Nohanasyobu (iris).

 

Kawachi Reservoir

 

Kawachi Reservoir is the first-class civil construction heritage that triggered the registration of

World Cultural Heritage of Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution.
The Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water
supply to Yawata Steel Works. 
The dam was constructed at the Okura River and upper stream of the dam was expanded and making

the 7milion cubic metre reservoir.

Specification of the dam

・height : 43.1 metre 
・Width : 189 metre

・Water storage capacity : 7,000,000 cubic metre
・Owner : Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

 

 

In the construction of the dam, the unprecedented design in the world has been applied in order to

harmonize with nature and to save the construction cost. The stones come out from the mountain

when the river was expanded have been utilized for construction of the dam.

 

All stones are cut into sizes and shapes by the stone technicians  according to the place of use. 

The large size stone were used at the main construction of the dam and the small size stones were

used for other places as per size and shape. Construction was started in 1919 and was completed

in1927 by 900 thousand total number of workers.

 


 

Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge

The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan  ( lens type truss bridge), located at the south
side of Kawachi Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata.
This shape and color really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of the Iron town Yahata.
 

 

Kanmon Bridge

 

Kanmon Bridge is the suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water

separating two of Japan’s four main islands.

On the Honshu side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu side is Kitakyushu-city.

The Kanmon-kyo bridge was opened to vehicles in 1973 and connected the Kyushu Expressway

in 1984. It is the 34th largest suspension bridge in the world with a central span of 712 meters.

 


 

Kanmon Strait

The Kanmon Straits, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very busy waterway with as many as

700 small and large ships a day passing through it.There are a total of seven ways to cross the

straits such as the 1,068-meter-lomg “Kanmonkyo Bridge”, the “Shin-Kanmon Tunnel” , the

“Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel”, to cross on foot, the “ferries”, and the like.


 

 

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot.
The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway with

as many as 700 small and large ships a day passing through it.

 

 


 

Uomachi & Kyomachi Shopping street

 

Uomachi and Kyomachi Ginteigai are the arcade shopping streets connected

from JR Kokura Station.

The literal meaning of Gintengai is the Silver roof arcade shopping street and

Uomachi Gintengai is the birth place of Japanese arcade shopping street constructed in 1991.

 

Now, there are many kind of fantastic shops and restaurant along the street.